Jobless Newport man gets interview - a day after Argus appeal

JOB HOPE: David Green from Newport who appealed for a job through the Argus

JOB HOPE: David Green from Newport who appealed for a job through the Argus

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A JOBLESS Newport father who has applied for hundreds of jobs in the past year has secured himself an interview - just a day after appealing to Argus readers.

David Green, who appeared on the front page of the Argus yesterday, admitted he was a bit apprehensive about contacting us at first, but has been surprised by the response.

The 40-year-old described himself as “desperate” since finding himself without permanent work for the first time in his working life, despite years of experience.

Mr Green has sent out some 150 applications in 2014 alone and one recruitment site he uses has logged 672 applications in the last year.

Newport Transport was the first to respond yesterday morning. Scott Pearson, managing director, said: “If he wants a job with us he can have one.”

Mr Pearson went on to say it didn’t matter if Mr Green had a bus licence or not, as they could get him trained.

Mr Green was quick to follow up the interest. He said: “I got straight on the phone to them. They’re looking at the possibility of a trainee bus driver role.”

A representative from Newport Transport went to Mr Green’s address in Clytha Square to personally deliver an application form.

Mr Green completed and returned the form and has been called for an interview this morning.

Mr Green said: “It seems Newport Transport are going all out to get me on board.”

The article attracted more than 4,000 page views online and was the most read story on our website yesterday.

“The comments on the website have been really positive too,” he said. “Hopefully they will keep coming in. People seem keen to help.”

Acorn Recruitment, Red Recruitment and Total Jobs have contacted Mr Green to see what they can do to help.

A member of Newport Council also emailed Mr Green to set up a meeting with one of their teams which are aimed at helping people back into work. The council’s work programme is delivered in partnership with Working Links and is considered the best in Wales.

Councillor Deborah Davies, cabinet member for skills and work, said: “I would like to wish Mr Green well and hope he does secure employment in the near future.

“The council is doing everything it can to help people like Mr Green find their rightful place in the workplace. It is important both for the individual concerned and for the city.”

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9:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

Lockjoe says...

Good luck David.
Good luck David. Lockjoe
  • Score: 21

10:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

Captain Tripps says...

Very best of luck David .
Very best of luck David . Captain Tripps
  • Score: 15

10:40am Fri 21 Feb 14

whatintheworld says...

MD for Newport Transport is a legend, good luck David!
MD for Newport Transport is a legend, good luck David! whatintheworld
  • Score: 14

11:22am Fri 21 Feb 14

nodnyl says...

at least there will be one bus driver with a smile !!!
at least there will be one bus driver with a smile !!! nodnyl
  • Score: 12

12:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

white white says...

Good luck
Good luck white white
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Nivage says...

nodnyl wrote:
at least there will be one bus driver with a smile !!!
There's plenty of bus drivers such as myself that smile. Unfortunately smiles are rationed and obviously you don't meet the criteria for one.

Good luck David and don't let the ba****ds grind you down :) (he deserved a smile nodnyl.)
[quote][p][bold]nodnyl[/bold] wrote: at least there will be one bus driver with a smile !!![/p][/quote]There's plenty of bus drivers such as myself that smile. Unfortunately smiles are rationed and obviously you don't meet the criteria for one. Good luck David and don't let the ba****ds grind you down :) (he deserved a smile nodnyl.) Nivage
  • Score: 10

1:02pm Fri 21 Feb 14

MooseCraftsman says...

Good luck to you David and well done to the Argus for the story.
Good luck to you David and well done to the Argus for the story. MooseCraftsman
  • Score: 7

1:15pm Fri 21 Feb 14

portman says...

Good luck David.......idle ones take note!
Good luck David.......idle ones take note! portman
  • Score: 6

1:47pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

I'm amazed. Hundreds of applications through recruitment sites and nothing. The one story in the local paper and he gets offered a position straight away. Doesn't say much for the usefulness of recruitment sites, does it.
I'm amazed. Hundreds of applications through recruitment sites and nothing. The one story in the local paper and he gets offered a position straight away. Doesn't say much for the usefulness of recruitment sites, does it. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 15

2:45pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

Well done David :)
Well done David :) Milkmanofhumankindness
  • Score: 3

1:35am Sat 22 Feb 14

eezageeza says...

Well good luck,I've been unemployed too for just over a year myself and have been applying for every job I see,I've only had two interviews in all that time and no luck ...so newport transport would you offer me a position too I would be an asset to your organization I know or is it just a publicity thing offering this man a job ?
Well good luck,I've been unemployed too for just over a year myself and have been applying for every job I see,I've only had two interviews in all that time and no luck ...so newport transport would you offer me a position too I would be an asset to your organization I know or is it just a publicity thing offering this man a job ? eezageeza
  • Score: 4

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